12:00 pm - 1:30 pm
Join us to discuss Mary, Mother of Jesus.
Bring your perspective on the Virgin Mary to share. We will begin with historical notes on the changing portrayals of Mary over the centuries. We will describe the widespread influence of this female figure around the world and through the ages–a powerful representation of the Feminine Divine in our lives and world today. Then . . .
– Hear a sister who was raised in the Catholic Church talk about what Mary has meant in her life.
¬ And share your thoughts, feelings, and questions about Mary–the Virgin, the Queen of Heaven, the Mother of God.
The January and February programs will center on book discussions. We alert participants to these programs now, so that you can do the reading and enjoy the programs even more.
Sunday, January 21, 2024, 12:00-1:30pm. Braiding Sweetgrass
by Robin Wall Kimmerer — an acclaimed book which weaves together Indigenous wisdom, scientific knowledge, and plant teachings — asks us to live into our responsibilities as inhabitants of the land during climate change. Inspired by a seminar with the author, Esther Wyss-Flamm will launch an exploration of its implication for a “thealogy” and action. Please consider reading a few chapters to enrich our conversation.
Sunday, February 11, 2024, 12:00-1:30pm. Hildegard of Bingen (1098-1179 AD). A woman larger than her age, Hildegard founded two abbeys in the Rhine Valley, wrote numerous books, practiced herbal medicine, composed music, and committed her visions to illustrated text. She is Germany’s first natural scientist and a recent saint of the Catholic Church. Please read either Illuminations by Mary Sharratt (fiction), or Hildegard of Bingen by Fiona Maddocks (history) for our discussion.
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USG Edna Jones Assembly Room